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Verb form from Middle English goinge, goynge, gayng, variants of gonde, goonde, gaand, from Old English gānde, from Proto-Germanic *gēndz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *gēną, *gāną (to go), equivalent to go +‎ -ing. Cognate with West Frisian geanend (going), Dutch gaand (going), German gehend (going), Danish gående (going), Swedish gående (going).

Noun and adjective from Middle English going, goyng, gaing, gayng, equivalent to go +‎ -ing. Compare German Gehung, Old English gang (a going). More at gang.



  1. present participle of go
  2. (in combination) Attending or visiting (a stated event, place, etc.) habitually or regularly.
    theatre-going, church-going, movie-going



going (plural goings)

  1. A departure.
    Thy going is not lonely, with thee goes thy Husband
  2. The suitability of ground for riding, walking etc.
    The going was very difficult over the ice.
  3. Progress.
    We made good going for a while, but then we came to the price.
  4. (figurative) Conditions for advancing in any way.
    Not only were the streets not paved with gold, but the going was difficult for an immigrant.
  5. (obsolete) pregnancy; gestation; childbearing
  6. (in the plural) Course of life; behaviour; doings; ways.
  7. (in the phrase "the going of") The whereabouts (of something).
    I can't find my sunglasses; you haven't seen the going of them, have you?



going (not comparable)

  1. Likely to continue; viable.
    He didn't want to make an unsecured loan to the business because it didn't look like a going concern.
  2. Current, prevailing.
    The going rate for manual snow-shoveling is $25 an hour.
  3. (especially after a noun phrase with a superlative) Available.
    He has the easiest job going.
    • 2013, Natalie Dormer, interview on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson:
      Craig: Did you look at Tudor life? did you do a lot of studying about that?
      Natalie: Yeah, I was really geeky about it, I read every single book that was going.



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